Monday, December 13, 2010

The Black List (2010)

Today, Franklin Leonard released his annual list of the top screenplays not yet produced or released in theatres.

The media will always focus on the screenplays receiving the most votes, but I always have fun focusing on bottom of the list. Here you'll find some WTF? titles that you might not feel comfortable giving a number 1 vote, but will include on your ballot because you think they are crazy to catch on with the -- let's say, general movie viewing audience.

Here are some of the titles that stood out to me:

POINT A by Chris Rubeo

"An unconventional romantic comedy between a thirty year old magazine writer and the subject of his newest piece, a witty, wise beyond her years teenage video blogger"


"Two friends angry at Jane Austen for creating unrealistic romantic expectations among women today get sent back in time to the nineteenth century. They only way for them to return home is for one of them to get Jane Austen to fall in love and sleep with him"

HOVERCAR 3D by Blaise Hemingway

"Set in the future, an ex-con street racer has to transport a whistleblower across country in a high speed hovercar with an army of authorities trying to stop them"

(someone call Jason Statham's agent!)

And finally, those hoping for the zombie thing to go away (namely, myself) will be disappointed to learn that scripts involving them are still be circulated around Hollywood.

ZOMBIE BABY by Andy Jones

"After the zombie apocalypse, a young couple unsure about whether to start a family has the decision made for them when they take in an orphaned zombie baby they don't have the heart to kill."

BOY SCOUTS VS. ZOMBIES by Carrie Evans & Emi Mochisuki

"A troop of Boy Scouts on their weekend camping trip must protect an island town from a zombie outbreak and save the local girl scout troup."

KITCHEN SINK by Oren Uziel

"A human teenager, a vampire and a zombie must save their town from an alien invasion."


The Black List: Link


done said...

youv unintentionally given me 6 films i will definitly watch. zombie baby? fucking jane austin? if the directors take themselves seriously enough, thats some laughs right there.

kitchen sink cant be real though.

Boothe said...


if i wasn't an aging, increasingly grumpy, "sorta" film snob, I would probably want to check them out too.

*waves walking stick*

Boothe said...

Kitchen Sink is very real.

Someone leaked all of the scripts included on the list.

done said...

ah man, now im debating whether i should just the definitly terrible script or wait and potentially see a just mediocre film.

i do often find people are too self-aware or ironic to make truly bad films any more, like snakes on a plane was a wee bit dissapointing. but seriously are you telling me you dont enjoy shit like commando?

done said...

*now im debating whether i just should *read* the definitly terrible script

Boothe said...

Yeah, I enjoyed the hell out of movies like Commando as a kid. Now I kinda like my dumb fun to be a little more intelligent and well made (eg Inglorious Basterds).

I did have a lot of fun watching Wanted though, and that was one of the worst movies I've seen in recent years.

Mo' Codenames said...

F*cking Jane Austen's premise sounds amazing.

Boothe said...

ha...yeah, the title made me laugh. I may give it a read. Comedy genre has fallen off a bit, so i'm hoping for some freshness during the next few years.

Kitchen Sink is the only one I've listed here without a producer attached. Some of these may actually see the light of day.